|First, take a wide and loose overhand grip on the shaft of your paddle. Let the paddle rest against the front of your legs.|
|Next, inhale and raise the paddle up and over your head while maintaining completely straight arms. The key to this exercise is keeping your arms straight.|
|Bring the paddle all the way down behind your back still maintaining the straight arm position. Your chest will be facing outward and your shoulders pulled back.|
|Last, exhale and lift the paddle back up over your head and down in front of your body to the starting position. This counts as one repetition.|
Perform two sets of 10-12 repetitions, slowly working up to reps of 25-30. Over time, after you have gained enough shoulder flexibility and are able to move your grip closer on the paddle, you can perform up to 50 reps at a time.
Perform this exercise in a slow and controlled manner. Be careful and only do what is comfortable.
Please consult with your physician or physical therapist to receive clearance before attempting this exercise. I would not prescribe this exercise for anyone with a rotator cuff tear.